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4.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 54.16 out of 5 4.16 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Kherdian Narrator: Adriana Sevan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061762352
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David Kherdian re-creates his mother's voice in telling the true story of a childhood interrupted by one of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Vernon Dumehjian Kherdian was born into a loving and prosperous family. Then, in the year 1915, the Turkish government began the systematic destruction of its Armenian population.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] affecting tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 1980 Newbery Honor Book
  • Winner of the 1980 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
  • Winner of the 1979 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 1980 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 2/12/2014

    " David Kherdian re-creates his mother's voice in telling the true story of a childhood interrupted by one of the most devastating holocausts of our century. Vernon Dumehjian Kherdian was born into a loving and prosperous family. Then, in the year 1915, the Turkish government began the systematic destruction of its Armenian population. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 2/1/2014

    " I really had a great appreciation for this book and felt cheated that I was never taught about this in school. Who's ever heard of the Armenian Genocide? I mean, seriously. There were two quotes on the first page of this book: The first was from the Turkish Government ordering for all the Armenians to be killed, no compassion to women or children or seniors. The second was from a letter Hitler wrote to his armies, telling them that the Jews needed to be killed, also without any compassion. Hitler's letter ended with him explaining that is was no big deal for, "After all," he said, "Who remembers the destruction of the Armenians?" Say no more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 1/25/2014

    " I had to read this for one of my English classes and for a book that I had to read, I really enjoyed it. I was surprised how much the character of this story went through and that it is a memoir so it all really happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/2/2014

    " This was a great book.Interesting look at the hardships of the Armenian people.Very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 12/28/2013

    " This is a book for young adults, but i just don't think they will go for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci Fredricks | 12/20/2013

    " A young-adult book that is really for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen-máiréad | 11/30/2013

    " This book still does break my heart when I look at it. I read this in the tenth grade and couldn't read it during school because I would just break down and cry. The Armenian Genocide needs to be addressed and recognized and yet half of the people know about it and turn a blind eye, while others sit there ignorant and unaware. But I guess that doesn't hurt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/31/2013

    " It was a little bit boring but I learnd a lot from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 10/28/2013

    " Wow! What a lot to go through. I don't know if I could do what Veron did!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/19/2013

    " I read this when I was a girl. It was the first book I had read about the Armenian genocide and I have thought of it many times since that first reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 8/9/2013

    " This gives a glimpse of a piece of history that is often overlooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/5/2013

    " A Sonlight book choice. Very compelling story based on the author's mother's experiences during the Armenian holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Asante | 4/19/2013

    " I continue to be shocked at the inhumanity of humans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/15/2012

    " Worthwhile read. Well written. For Clio when she is older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/9/2012

    " This is a biographical tale written by a son about his mother who fled the Armenian genocide in the early 1900s. One of those eye opening, life-altering kind of books. There are a few scenes in the book that stick for life. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 4/3/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. It's written very well and it's a wonderful telling of a true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 3/18/2012

    " Really good. Also very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zaza (Mackenzie) | 1/10/2012

    " A story about a girl who is kicked out of her house. Through her life growing up she struggles to find a place to live and a family to belong to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelina | 7/18/2011

    " What a truly inspirational story. I loved reading of Veron's trials, and a time and place of life, not many people remember anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting YA version of the Armenian Genocide through the eyes of a young girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 10/18/2010

    " I liked this book a lot. It's written very well and it's a wonderful telling of a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/16/2010

    " Worthwhile read. Well written. For Clio when she is older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/16/2010

    " A Sonlight book choice. Very compelling story based on the author's mother's experiences during the Armenian holocaust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/25/2010

    " Simply told story of the Turkish persecution of Armenians in the early 1900s. The author fictionalized the recollections of his mother, who was the only one of her immediate family who survived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 11/4/2009

    " This was a great book about the plight of the Armenians. I had no idea what they had gone through. Quite eye-opening and sad. So much cruelty and heartache. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adelina | 10/1/2009

    " What a truly inspirational story. I loved reading of Veron's trials, and a time and place of life, not many people remember anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 7/22/2009

    " A young-adult book that is really for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/12/2009

    " I loved this true story about his mother's Armenian childhood before and during the Armenian holocaust by the Turks. David and his author/illustrator wife, Nonny Hogrogian, used to live near Aurora, OR, and ran a small school. It is written at a high school level but anyone would enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine | 6/25/2009

    " Very sad, but very informative story. The main character is so cute and strong. I wish she was alive today so I could meet her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 6/19/2009

    " Wow! What a lot to go through. I don't know if I could do what Veron did!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianna | 6/14/2009

    " pretty good a little boring at parts
    "

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About the Author

David Kherdian is an internationally known poet, novelist, and memorist, whose work has been published in 13 languages around the world. He has published thirteen volumes in his acclaimed Root River Cycle, consisting of poetry, memoirs, novels and novellas. His honors, prizes and awards include The Boston Globe / Horn Book Award, Newbery Honor Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Jane Adams Peace Award, Banta Award, and a nomination for the American Book Award, and the 1994 Notable Wisconsin Authors Award, for lifetime achievement.